IrishCentral exclusive! Sheamus on his WWE title win over John Cena
“I came here to make a statement, to be the top wrestler in the world. That was the goal, and the goal has been achieved."
“I told you when we spoke last week that I’d be the new WWE champion, and I was right,” exclaimed the newly crowned Sheamus to the Irish Voice on Tuesday afternoon during a phone interview.
It’s never a good idea to doubt the fighting words of a 6’6” Irishman with boundless ambition, as the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champ John Cena discovered to his cost on Sunday night.
Sheamus, a native of Dublin, did exactly what he said he’d do – he slammed Cena through a table to win their “tables” match during the WWE’s pay-per-view Tables, Ladders and Chairs broadcast, and promptly hoisted the ex-champ’s golden championship belt in the air to confirm once and for all that there’s a new superstar on the scene who means business.
The wonderful world of Sheamus got even better 24 hours later on the WWE’s Monday Night Raw show broadcast live on the USA Network when he won a Slammy Award as Breakout Star of the Year, beating other notables such as Scotsman Drew McIntyre and Abraham Washington.
As if they stood a chance against the 31-year-old newly christened champ. The way Sheamus sees it, he’s going to be king of the WWE hill for a long, long time.
“Yeah, I’m cleaning up for the Irish!” he says. “When I came to the WWE I sacrificed an awful lot to get here. I didn’t come here to be a number. I didn’t come here to blend in with the crowd.
“I came here to make a statement, to be the top wrestler in the world. That was the goal, and the goal has been achieved. It’s the start of the New Year as the Celtic Warrior!”
The champ admits that Cena inflicted a beating during their 16-minute Tables match, but Sheamus had no problem coping with the physical pain. The prize at the end was more than worth it.
“I’m pretty beaten up,” Sheamus admitted. “It was pretty crazy. There were a lot of tables used, rafters used. I’m a bit battered but it doesn’t really matter. The fact that I’m the first Irish WWE champion – that overwhelms everything.”
The road ahead will hardly be an easy one for Sheamus now that he’s the man everyone wants to beat. But Sheamus is undefeated since he debuted on the top-rated Raw broadcast only two short months ago. His rise to the top has been meteoric, and he’s ready to take on all comers.
Cena will undoubtedly want a crack at winning his belt back. Sheamus, though, says he’s not worth worrying about.
“He’s got a rematch clause,” Sheamus says. “It’s just a matter of when he wants to use it. I’ve beaten him once and I’ll beat him again.”
Cena was uncharacteristically somber on Monday’s Raw, apologizing to his fans for losing the belt and congratulating Sheamus for the victory. The new Irish champ thinks he’s full of it.
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